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The Last Battle

Thanks to Reveletor60 for supplying me with a subtitled copy of Abel Gance’s not-even-final-film AUSTERLITZ — so this edition of The Late Show: The Late Movies Blogathon can begin with an edition of The Forgotten on that august subject. 46 more words


Renegade Readers - November Meeting

I missed putting last month’s meeting up on this blog, but I will get it sorted.

We had five attending and as always a lively and enlightening listen and discussion. 99 more words


Triptych + Equirectangular

Another early 20th century film. Abel’s Gances 1927 film ‘Napoleon’ recently remastered, and featuring a famous triptych finale.

This is an other example of early 20th century cinema attempting to push the envelope and again I see similarities with what is going on now with 360 films, especially… 62 more words


The Sunday Intertitle: The Judex Files: Going Underground

The Late Show — The Late Movies blogathon — starts on Thursday December 1st and I am woefully unprepared as, probably, are you. But let’s get stuck into it. 560 more words



Abel Gance’s NAPOLEON gives us five-and-a-half hours on France’s smartest, bravest, sexiest, tallest man.

I’m not sure if star Albert Dieudonné was actually tall — in one of two shots there are other actors who out-heighten him. 242 more words


The Art of War

I feel like I’m cautiously circling NAPOLEON, nibbling off tiny bits here and there. Like a man with a scary cake.

Kubrick was pretty dismissive of the film in The Film Director as Superstar – “as far as story and performance goes it’s a very crude picture.” He praises the filmmaking more in the Michel Ciment book, but still says it’s disastrous as a portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte. 269 more words


Canal Knowledge

Well, after five and a half majestic hours of Abel Gance’s NAPOLEON on the big screen I ought to have plenty to blog about this week. 600 more words